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Audi Q3

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi Q3

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Owning

Running costs and reliability

There are no still prices or lease rates as we write this in September 2018. Indeed even the fuel consumption and CO2 numbers aren’t in because of the switch to WLTP. But here’s what we do know…

The starting price for a front-drive manual 35 TFSI is £31k or so. That sounds like good value. Here’s why.

All versions present lots of standard kit. You get the Virtual Cockpit driver’s display, if in a slightly smaller size than the optional upgrade. But the 10-inch high-res centre touchscreen is standard, including three-year net connection to give hi-res traffic on the built-in navigation, and a wi-fi hotspot.

Driver assist includes blind-spot warning and lane keeping, and park sensors. The headlamps are LED. The rear seat slides and reclines, and the tailgate is powered, a feature we find annoying (you can open and shut a door yourself, so why wait for a grindingly slow electric motor to do the tailgate?)

S-Line spec is mostly cosmetic, plus bigger wheels and a lowered chassis. Then there’s a trim called Vorsprung – ha ha – with bigger wheels again, the excellent matrix auto-masking LED headlamps, adaptive dampers, electric seats, nicer trim, more cameras for parking, and B&O sound. Some of that can be had on lower-spec cars as options or packs.

Servicing is two years/20,000 miles, the warranty three years/60,000 miles.

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